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When it comes to building sims, most mobile games go as big as possible. We're talking about designing entire cities, countries, planets or what have you. It's not that often that you get to focus in on a more micro level, but that's exactly what Project Highrise [$3.99 (HD)] has you do, zeroing in on just one building at a time and seeing if you can handle the economic and logistical challenges involved. If Tiny Tower and SimCity got together and had an offspring — which would probably involve lots of drafting paper and nothing carnal — this game would likely be the result...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Death Road to Canada', 'Mobius Final Fantasy', 'Disco Ducks', 'Fire Emblem Heroes', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. There are some cool updates this time around for some big paid and free-to-play titles alike. I mean, more of the latter than the former, but that's basic business rules for you. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..




Do you like the Square Enix Go series of games, but feel like they needed more crime? Congratulations, Vandals [$3.99] is the game for you. This turn-based puzzler unapologetically resembles the series that started with Hitman Go [$4.99] and applies a graffiti and street art theme to the game. It's really derivative, but the graffiti aspect is fun, and the game provides a history of street art to boot! However, depending on your feelings about the Square Enix Go games, this might not be worth picking up...

Eli's still off somewhere in the world, so it's the Carter and Jared show on the podcast once again! The guys take a well-overdue dive into the email and respond to your questions and podcast reviews. Then, tehy cover the news of the week, including the new Death Road to Canada [$12.99] update, speculate about Guildlings, and talk about The Rock on HQ Trivia [Free]. Then, they get into some game discussion, including Golem Rage [$2.99], Vandals [$3.99], and more. Eli might be back next week, unless he finds another planet of the corner to discover!

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Original Journey'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for April 13th, where we're covering the latest Switch news, new releases, and games that are currently on sale! Sega dropped a surprise Football Manager Touch release for the Switch today, so the European segment of TouchArcade is quite excited in particular. Plus, a couple of cool indies are coming to Switch, and a game of colorful explosions is now on sale! Let's dive into today's roundup, post-haste:..

As promised, developer Perchang has launched Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times [$4.99] on Android via the Google Play Store this week. In case you aren't aware, this is the sequel to the hit 2013 turn-based dungeon crawler Warhammer Quest but is bigger and better in practically every way. First off the game is entirely in 3D now so you can enjoy dynamic camera angles and really get in close to view the action. And of course it features another hefty dose of some of the best turn-based tactical combat you can find on the App Store. We loved the game in our review from when Warhammer Quest 2 launched on iOS back in October of last year, and there have been quite a few updates adding new content and fixes since then, all of which are included in the Android version. Here's the official Android release trailer...

'Battleheart 2' is About 60% Complete and Could Possibly Launch in June

There aren't many games that I'm looking forward to more than Mika Mobile's upcoming Battleheart 2. The tiny two-person studio is notorious for taking as long as needed to get their games released in a really polished state, so I try to just stay patient and wait it out. But man, it's hard. While a sequel has been a possibility for years, it wasn't until September of 2016 that Battleheart 2 was officially announced and in the works. Mika has been plugging away ever since, and have been keeping eager players like me updated on the progress through their blog. Early last month we rounded up all of the Hero Spotlights that have been posted so far, which are little explainer blog posts going in-depth on the various characters that will be in Battleheart 2. Those spotlights have slowed down over the past month, but progress on the game itself hasn't and this week on Twitter Mika's given us a rough update on where the game is at right now...

I'd hope that by now Death Road to Canada [$12.99] needs no introduction, but just in case, here we go. A collaborative effort between long-time mobile developers Rocketcat Games and Madgarden, Death Road to Canada is a survival adventure slash roadtrip simulator that tasks you with making it from Florida to Canada in order to escape a zombie apocalypse. Canada is apparently immune to zombie infestation, or something. It's a stunning mixture of resource management, open-ended decision making, and good old-fashioned zombie bashing. We liked it okay I guess. ..

'Banner Saga 3' Hitting Desktop and Console July 24th, Mobile Versions Coming Later this Year

Banner Saga [$9.99] and Banner Saga 2 [$9.99] are two of the best tactical role-playing games on any platform, and they feel especially at home on the touchscreen of a mobile device. We knew that the series was planned to be a trilogy, and with so much drama and plot elements built up from the first two entries fans have been dying to see how things will wrap up with the third and final entry. We first heard Banner Saga 3 was in the works back in January of last year, and the following October we got an awesome new trailer. Now the time has finally come for Banner Saga 3 to actually release, although mobile players will have to wait a bit longer. Banner Saga 3 is set to hit PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on July 24th, and if you pre-order on PC ahead of then, this video below details what types of bonuses are in store for you as well as shows off a bit of this gorgeous game in motion...

'Sacred Stones' is an Unapologetically Hardcore Platformer, Out Now on Steam and Soon for Switch and Mobile

For me, the two magic words are "retro" and "platformer" and developer NoxBix is promising heaps of both in their new game Sacred Stones. It's a fast-paced action platformer that has you shooting enemies using a unique set of weaponry and getting into a whopping 20 different boss fights over the course of the game. Sacred Stones is not afraid to tell you that it's a super hard game, and that you're going to die a lot while playing. But it's all in the name of fun and satisfaction, and the boss-centric focus and the unique strategies afforded by the different types of weapons in the game are what really stand out to me. You can see it all on display in the following trailer...

'Comic Boy' Will Have You Running Through the Panels of a Comic Book and It's Looking for Beta Testers

Back in August of last year we first caught wind of an interesting upcoming platformer from developer StayHeavy Games called Comic Boy. The idea was that you'd be able to travel through the different panels of a comic similar to the old Sega Genesis game Comix Zone [Free] or the more contemporary mobile games Framed [$3.99] and Framed 2 [$4.99]. You'd do this by way of auto-running and then you'd use the different walls of the comic panels to bounce off of and change direction or use a downward smash to break through into a lower panel. The actual platforming was highly reminiscent of the Wind Up Knight [Free] games and maybe even a dash of some Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99]. Check out what I mean in this gameplay trailer that was released back in January...

Back in the VERY early days of the App Store, Subatomic Studios had one of the first breakout hits on mobile with their tower defense game Fieldrunners [$2.99]. In fact, that release pretty much sparked the tower defense game trend, and long before Angry Birds was a household name Fieldrunners was one of the games I'd always see "normies" playing on their iPhones out in the wild. It was also a pretty hardcore game for such a mainstream success, and even though we're approaching the ten(!) year anniversary of its release later this fall the original Fieldrunners is still as fun as it was the day it launched. For being such an old title, Subatomic has done a fantastic job of keeping Fieldrunners up to date with all the new iPhone hardware advancements. In September of 2012 it received a massive update featuring completely redrawn artwork to suit the high-res Retina Display, and then in May of last year it received an update to make it 64-bit compliant and add widescreen support. Now today another new update has brought full screen support for Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone X...

Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for April 12th, where we're covering all the new Nintendo Switch releases, and a couple pieces of news! It's the busiest release day in weeks, with a ton of new indies out now on the eShop, with a few gems in particular like Breakforcist Battle, Don't Starve, and Burly Men at Sea. But seriously, today's jam-packed with new titles, so let's get the news stuff out of the way first before we dive into all the new goodies:..

It's that magic time that only happens a couple times a year: A brand new Hearthstone [Free] expansion is upon us. If you haven't been following along, The Witchwood introduces a bunch of really great new things to the game. I think what's going to be the most impactful new keyword moving forward is "Rush," which are minions that mechanically work very similar to those with Charge, except Rush minions can only attack other minions on the turn they come out...

It's inevitable that there will be some stragglers after we post our weekly list of new game releases, and in today's case that straggler is none other than the stylish side-scrolling beat 'em up Golem Rage [$2.99] from Zuki Games. We've been following this one ever since we first laid eyes on it back in June of 2016, and after a lengthier than planned development cycle and multiple beta test periods, the game is now finished up and available on the App Store. The idea behind Golem Rage is that it's a runner blended with beat 'em up elements, and you'll play as this charming and misunderstood golem who everyone is out to attack. As you run through each level your goal is to get to the finish as quickly as possible, smashing, bashing, and destroying anything and anyone that gets in your way...

Out Now: 'Vandals', 'The Wolf's Bite', 'Touchgrind BMX 2', 'Killing Time at Lightspeed', 'Project Highrise', 'Tales of Gaia', 'Original Journey', 'Dead Rivals', 'Chrono MA:GIA' and More

Each and every day new mobile games are hitting the App Store, and so each week we put together a big old list of all the best new releases of the past seven days. Back in the day the App Store would showcase the same games for a week, and then refresh those features each Thursday. Because of that developers got into the habit of releasing their games throughout Wednesday or very early Thursday in order to hopefully get one of those coveted features spots. Nowadays the App Store refreshes constantly, so the need for everyone to release all on the same day has diminished. Still, we've kept our weekly Wednesday night format as for years that's the time people knew to check TouchArcade for the list of new games. And so without further ado please check out the full list of this week's new games below, and let us know in the comments section which games you'll be picking up!..

Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for April 11th, where we're covering the latest news, releases, and sales for Nintendo Switch! Two new games today, with a bunch hitting this week. And then, Shovel Knight's on sale, y'know, if you needed an excuse to spend more money. We also talk about Bleed 2 and why you should consider picking it up before it goes off of sale. And there's always more announcements. Make it stop! Actually, don't make it stop, what am I saying, literally drown me in cool Switch games, please...

Silly Physics-Based Twitch Game 'Agent Wonky' is Coming May 3rd and Up for Pre-Order Now

Just a couple of weeks ago, we posted how Tap Hero [Free] developer Michał Walaszczyk was working on a brand new project called Agent Wonky and was looking for beta test participants. Well, the response to the beta test has been great, and now Agent Wonky is pretty much finished up and has an official release date of May 3rd. Agent Wonky utilizes a similar left/right twitch reaction mechanic to the previous Tap Hero, but mixes in some touch gestures to really tax your abilities to recognize and react. Also it features ragdoll physics for no other real reason than to be extra silly. Check out this new trailer to see what Agent Wonky is like in action...

If you've ever found yourself playing an RPG and thinking to yourself how much you enjoy moving a character around simple maps, winning battles by pushing the fight button, and skipping through a banal trope-laden story, but wishing that it didn't take so darned much time and thinking to beat, has Kemco got the game for you. Archlion Saga [Free] is a super-simplified JRPG, and when I say super-simplified I mean that it makes Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest look like Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne. But it's not ashamed of this fact at all. The game trumpets its brevity and low difficulty as key features, a sort of relief from the usual overly-long game that ends up thrown in a pile of unfinished purchases. It's not a concept I'm opposed to, but Kemco doesn't pull it off very well...

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